Research Databases

Need help researching a paper for school? Looking for a new refrigerator? We provide several research databases for your use. These research databases are available at home, at the library, on the go. To access them you need your Peru library card number and your PIN. The PIN is the last four digits of your library card number.

 Search America’s News (a NewsBank product) America’s News allows you to search over 1,700 newspapers for full-text articles. The library’s NewsBank account includes our own local paper, the NewsTribune back to 1997. Other newspapers include the Chicago Sun-Times, USAToday and the Christian Science Monitor. For help try Basics for Finding Newspaper Articles in Newsbank or ask a staff member. 

NewsTribuneTo search the NewsTribune for Illinois Valley news, Click here for the archives of The News Tribune. You can browse today’s news or search for stories, obituaries, sports, columns, and more. Available from home or inside the library.

Search for magazine articles in OmniFile Full-Text Select OmniFile provides full-text magazine articles from over 3,000 magazines, journals and dissertations. A sampling from the Omnifile journals includes: Adweek, American Bar Association Journal, Futurist, Saturday Evening Post, Skateboarder and Women’s Health. The OmniFile (also known as EBSCOhost) collection is from 1994 to present.

The Peru Library is happy to provide® to our patrons. Patrons can continue to read current issues at the library or quickly research products using the online (electronic) access. The electronic Consumer Reports, available here, can be used in the library or at home. Once at our eMagazine website, click on Consumer Reports.

 Want a mobile version of our eMagazine database? Use OmniFile Full-Text Select Mobile, providing full-text access to magazine and journal articles right from your mobile phone in a simple, easy-to-use format.

WorldCatSearch WorldCat. WorldCat is usually considered an interlibrary loan tool, but its immense database of books and other formats is a wonderful way to locate older books and favorite authors. WorldCat has a special username and password for use from home, stop by the library to pick up the WorldCat username and password.